Review: Zoom R8 Recorder Sampler Interface Controller

Why, you may ask, would anyone buy a hardware recorder when everyone owns a computer these days and DAW software is cheap and powerful? One good reason is true portability, as even a laptop computer–based recording system requires a jumbled mess of interfaces, mic preamps and other peripherals that aren’t as convenient and compact as an all-in-one system. Zoom’s new R8 Recorder ups the ante by also providing sampling, a digital-audio I/O interface and DAW controller functions in addition to its ability create eight-track 24-bit/48kHz recordings.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.